Book Reviews of Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, Bk 1)

Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, Bk 1)
Track of the Cat - Anna Pigeon, Bk 1
Author: Nevada Barr
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425190838
ISBN-10: 0425190838
Publication Date: 6/3/2003
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 163 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
This is the first in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Anna is a National Park Ranger who, in this book, is based in Guadalupe National Mountains park in Texas. (She moves around from park to park in future books.) As a first mystery, it was competently written though the plotting was a little weak and the characters a bit formulaic. This book deals with the death of another park ranger that the higher-ups are willing to write off as an attack by a mountain lion. But Anna, who discovers the body, disagrees due to several inconsistencies in the evidence and pursues the truth despite pressure from her boss to let it go. From other people, I've heard the books improve over time but that this is an excellent introduction to Anna's character and to what drives her. I love her sister Molly's character!
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Helpful Score: 2
Really enjoyed the mystery and how it transpired. Kept you guessing almost to the very end of the book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome book. I look forward to reading more about Anna Pigeon.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very fun mystery. The first in the Anna Pigeon series.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is first in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna is a Park Ranger, and this particular book is set in the desert--great nature details/writing. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the others.
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Helpful Score: 1
Love this series- the national park settings are a wonderful backdrop for unique mysteries and a main character, Anna Pigeon, who is a refreshing change of pace.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another member suggested I might like this series and so I tried the first one. I have now ordered 2-4. Good read.
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My first Nevada Barr and Anna Pigeon novel. I found this book and went out and bought two other Barr boooks when I finished this one. I love Anna Pigeon and her trials and tribulations. I strongly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the first in the Anna Pigeon series. I especially loved the vivid West Texas setting.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent! Finally a heroine after my own heart....tough, scared, honest, drinks too much, thinks too much. It's refreshing to read from a perspective of someone who is less than perfect. While I did figure out who had "done it", I utterly missed the why.... pooh. I should have been able to figure it out as all the clues were there.
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If you admire outdoorsy type characters (even if you are not one yourself) who are so self sufficient they can hike for days with not even one blister, then you'll like Anna Pigeon. If you like national parks and wish you could explore them in-depth, then Nevada Barr is the author for you. If you like mysteries that you can't figure out until the end, then Track of the Cat is your read. I usually read cozies, so I found it a little gritty for my taste, but I still ordered the next title in the series.
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Ms. Barr has been writing this wonderful series for quite some time, and my wife was after me to read about Anna Pigeon. I'm glad that I did.

This is the first of the books in the series. While it's not really important to read them in sequence, those of us who are "type A" will appreciate doing so.

Anna is a 40'sh park ranger with an interesting personality which is revealled slowly over the course of the books (some characters to pop up in many). She's a strong and resilient female heroine, not without her own demons.

I found that the mystery involved in this volume was not particularly difficult to solve, so in a way, the character interplay, dialog and descriptions are more important that the resolution of the mystery itself.

I guess in that way, Ms. Barr is like Robert Parker, whose Spenser books are less about the mystery than aboput Spenser's interaction with his loves and friends. Ms. Barr, however, is much more detailed in her description of events (particularly scenery and details about the various parks where Anna works) than Parker ever is, and she uses dialogue much less frequently to advance the plot.

Anna Pigeon has become one of my favorites, and this is a great place to start.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fun, light read. The author tried to give some of the characters some depth and roundness, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, I was able to figure out the end fairly early on. Not a deal breaker if the writing is good, but it was a little disappointing. It's the first book though, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Great concept!
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Helpful Score: 1
Keeps you reading into the night. A mystery for those who love the outdoors.
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Book was okay being the 1st of this series,
but having read others I can tell you they
get much better.
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Since I haven't read any books by Nevada Barr, I decided to try her 1st one. I liked it; there were some twists and turns; the author kept the reader guessing who the culprit actually was, and I think it was written quite well. Ms. Barr didn't drag out the background on any of the characters, but made them seem real. A good read for a change. (On my part.)
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The first Anna Pigeon mystery
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a good story
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This is the first book in a very popular mystery series about a national park ranger, Anna Pigeon. This book is set in Texas.
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This was an enjoyable introduction to Nevada Barr. Lots of familiarity with rangers and how they operate in the desert.
Strong female lead...interesting (and a bit far-fetched?) characters.